Publish What You Pay

This map highlights the global call for extractives transparency from citizens around the world. Click on the colored map pins to read the full stories.

This map highlights eight letters that have been submitted to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission from citizens living in resource rich countries. These citizens have seen revenues from their natural resources squandered and watched their countries fall prey to the 'resource curse'. The 'resource curse' is a phenomenon in which many of the countries most rich in natural resources are some of the poorest in the world as a result of mismanagement, greed, or corruption.

The United States can help change that. If the United States joins the European Union, Norway, and Canada in implementing transparency legislation, oil, gas and mining companies will be required to publish payments made to governments for access to a country's natural resources.

Citizens in these countries are already speaking truth to power using publicly available information about their extractives sector - but what they have is not enough. Read the full stories from Angola, Sierra Leone, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Cameroon to learn more.

Jul 15, 2015


Contact: Jana Morgan, Publish What You Pay – US, Director

(202) 496-1189 office -- (703) 795-8542 mobile

Contact: Corinna Gilfillan, Global Witness, Head of U.S. Office

(202) 621 6665 office – (202) 725 8705 mobile

Mar 19, 2015

Are You for Big Data or Big Oil?

What most profoundly distinguishes American Petroleum Institute (API) from civil society organizations in resource-rich countries working to make a more transparent and accountable extractives sector?

(Hint: the answer we’re looking for is not “the ability to pay for an army of high-priced lawyers” – although that works too.)

Dec 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

Jana Morgan, Director -

(202) 496-1189 office -- (703) 795-8542 mobile

UK Parliament Passes Landmark Transparency Legislation to Combat Oil, Gas and Mining Sector Secrecy

US advocates urge the SEC to finalize Dodd-Frank 1504 and match the global standard